Grand treble for Bengal in Inter-school TT nationals
Vijayawada, Dec. 9: Bengal scored a fantastic treble in the 3rd 11Sports Inter-School Table Tennis National Championships 2017 here on Saturday evening, clinching the Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Girls team titles. Sri Kumaran Children's School (Karnataka) was the only team to buck the trend, taking the Junior Boys’ gold medal for the second consecutive year. Techo India Group Public School (North Bengal), GD Goenka Public School (North Bengal) and Narayana School (West Bengal) proved to be unstoppable, taking all three Tamil Nadu teams in their stride.
Techno India beganthe rout, taming Maharishi Vidya Mandir (Tamil Nadu) 3-0 in the Senior Boys’team title. Soumyadeep Sarkar was their star, winning his singles’ contestagainst S. Karthikeyan 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-8) and pairing up with Abhirup PaulRoy to overcome Karthikeyan & AP Roopan 3-1 (11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2).
Earlier, Mainak Daswhipped Roopan Santhoesh 3-0 (11-6,11-7,11-6) to tilt his side towards anemphatic victory. D Goenka PublicSchool pipped SBOA School and Junior College to claim the title in the SeniorGirls’ category.
Sataporni De had herhands full as she took on M Yazhini in the opening encounter. She lost thefirst and third games before recovering to win 3-2 (7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8,11-7). Pallabi Roy too hadto ward off an attacking V Vaishnavi to prevail 3-1 (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7).They lost the doubles too, with Sataporni & Pallabi unable to contain VVaishnavi & M. Yazhini 0-3 (5-11, 8-11, 11-13). But a determinedSataporni squashed Vaishnavi 3-1 (11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6) to ensure that theypicked up the title.
Narayana School toohad to dig deep to quell PS Senior Secondary School (Tamil Nadu) 3-2. They losttheir opening encounter, with Nilishma Sarkar easily going down to S Hrithika0-3 (6-11, 10-11, 3-11); Sneha Bhowmick, however, whipped M Hansini 3-0 (11-4,11-4, 11-3) to make it 1-1.
Nilishma & Snehathen lost to M Hansini & S Hrithika 1-3 (15-13, 7-11, 12-14, 8-11) to openthe contest up. But Sneha and Nilishma won the reverse singles 3-1 to make it agrand day for Bengal. Earlier, LakshyaBiyani of Madhya Pradesh made it to the main round of the Junior Girls’ singlesin a dramatic way.
All three girls(Lakshya, Samaira Sharma and Rai Sardesai) in Group 17 found themselves in aunique triple tie situation, with each winning one match each and in exactlythe same manner: 3-0. More intriguingly,each of them not only won the same number of points but also lost exactly thesame number of points to make it a tricky situation for the organisers.
In the end, a drawof lots had to be resorted to, and Lakshya proved to be the lucky girl.
Team Finals Results:
Techo India GroupPublic School, North Bengal Bt Maharishi Vidya Mandir Sr Sec School, Tamil Nadu3-0
GD Goenka PublicSchool, North Bengal bt SBOA School and Junior College, Tamil nadu 3-1
Narayana School WestBengal bt P.S. Senior Secondary School, Tamil Nadu 3-2
Sri KumaranChildren's School (Karnataka) bt Naihati Narendra Vidyaniketan (West Bengal)3-2